Fmr. Captain Jonathon Monken

Jonathon Monken

“During my two year long tours in Iraq as a tank platoon leader and civil affairs officer, I saw first hand our utter dependence on fuel in order to operate on a daily basis.

From small generators to the M1A1D tanks I was patrolling in, every aspect of our lives was dependent on gasoline. On top of all that our primary mission was route clearance to keep the fuel convoys rolling.

This had a lasting impression on me and has inspired me to become an advocate for clean, renewable energy solutions that reduce our dependence.

I’ve met with dozens of state legislators to discuss how oil dependence and clean energy is not just an environmental issue; it is a national security issue. I’ve worked with Operation Free to carry that message to Washington, D.C. as we met with hundreds of congressional offices to advocate on behalf of wind energy, a clean, renewable source.

I’m proud of these accomplishments not just because they demonstrate progress, but because they undoubtedly save the lives of current and future American soldiers.”

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